Archive for July 5, 2013

Artist of the moment…..photographer Berenice Abbott

Berenice Abbott was a wonderful American photographer born in Springfield, Ohio in the year 1898. Abbott was renown for working with black and white photographs of the New York City. For her collegiate studies Abbott attended Ohio State University. She then moved to New York and studied with Man Ray and Marcel Duchamp. Abbott would eventually be an assistant to Man Ray in his Paris studio.

Abbott studied sculpture for two years in France and Germany.

Published some photographs to help high school physics students learn how a ball bounces with a diminishing arc.

A large influence on Abbott was the photographer Eugene Atgets. Upon Atget’s death Abbott even purchased several negatives and formed a book that celebrated the work of her idol.

In 1929 she visited New York City for the first time whilst looking for a publisher for her book about Atget’s photography.

First became involved with photography in 1919, and to quote her own words took to photography like a duck takes to water!

Man Ray allowed her the full use of his studio so that she could take her photographs.

1926, first solo exhibition of works in Paris.

Below a montage of photographs by Berenice Abbott.

In this fantastic clip we see Abbott’s work of New York as a modern photographer revisits the same locations decades later!

Berenice Abbott passed away in 1991 at the age of 93 years old.

price range information: Most works priced between $2,000 and $40,000.

Be sure and check my other post on my favorite artist’s who have captured New York City including Raphaella Spence and Andy Warhol.

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Artist of the moment…..Andy Miki

Andy Miki is yet another great Inuit artist born in the Arviat, Nunavet Territory, Canada in the year 1918. Miki carved animals from a youngster to his death.

Most of the time he new exactly what he wanted to sculpt whilst still working on a previous piece. His art came mainly from his observations of animals and a wonderful imagination!

Price range information: Among the most sought after Inuit artists, Andy Miki has works ranging from $2,000 to $30,000.

Andy Miki passed away in 1983.

In this clip from our friends at Waddington’s Auction house of Canada we visit a work titled the howling dog at auction.

No more information on this artist, but more Inuit art coming soon!

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Artist of the moment….Arturo Herrera

Arturo Herrera is a contemporary artist born in Caracas, Venezuela in the year 1959. His style involves using collage alongside cartoons in his paintings. Herrera has also done a fair amount of work with sculpture. For his sculpture and collage work Herrera enjoys working with felt.

Arturo Herrera has been featured on the Art21 series shown the public broadcast system. A clip from this show below.

From the Museum of Fort Lauderdale we see a mural painted by Arturo Herrera.

The artist is based out of New York City and Berlin, Germany.

Price range information: The artist works in many mediums including painting, photography, and sculpture. Works range from $1,000 to $389,000 for a piece sold at auction in May of 2013. This work was untitled and is a collage of cartoons, comic strips, and classified ads.

Part of the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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